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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Winners in

2008

Runners-up in

1998

 

National Coach

Park Hang-seo

(Korea Republic)

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Winners in

2008

Runners-up in

1998

National Coach

Park Hang-seo

(Korea Republic)

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About Vietnam

Vietnam, winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008, are riding the crest of a wave after fine performances at both senior and under-23 level over the past year.

The national team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with an unbeaten record in Group C and their younger counterparts sparked outpourings of joy in the country by reaching the final of the AFC U23 Championship in China at the start of 2018.

Although narrowly beaten by Uzbekistan in the final, the youngsters showed that the future of Vietnam football is bright.

Both national sides are coached by Korea Republic’s Park Hang-seo, who was assistant to Dutchman Guus Hiddink at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 when the Koreans reached the semi-finals.

He took over the reins midway through Vietnam’s qualification campaign for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and safely saw them into second place behind Jordan.

Park underscored his faith in many of the youngsters who performed so well in the U23 Championship by fielding seven of them in the 1-1 draw with Jordan in their final qualifying match in March, 2018.

Vietnam’s good spell came on the heels of another heartbreaking semi-final defeat in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016.

Similar to 2014, when Vietnam looked the real deal before a surprising collapse at home to Malaysia in the second leg of the semi-final, they had seemed on track to challenge for a second AFF Suzuki Cup title.

They won Group B with victories over hosts Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia and grabbed an away goal in the 2-1 defeat to Indonesia in the first leg of the semi final.

But matters went sour again at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium with 10-man Vietnam losing 4-3 on aggregate after extra-time of an extraordinary encounter.

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